Janno Põldma & Heiki Ernits’ LOTTE AND THE MOONSTONE SECRET

“Do you know that children have unlearned the capability of climbing a tree?”

Janno_Poldma5 years long Europe has awaited the return of the curious and helpful doggy-girl from Gadgetville. Back home in Estonia fans didn’t have to exercise the same patience, as books, musicals and TV-series about Lotte were presented. And soon the LotteWorld theme park will open its gate. Continue reading “Janno Põldma & Heiki Ernits’ LOTTE AND THE MOONSTONE SECRET”

Interview with Martin Högdahl about ICE DRAGON

“The film industry is so scared”

HoegdahlLong ago at the BUFF Financing Forum Martin Högdahl pitched his project, two things stuck to my mind: children’s film and heavy metal. A rare combination. But ICE DRAGON is much more than that: problems with his alcoholic dad make Mik flee to his aunt’s little village. Here he makes friends, learns how to fish, builds a snow-scooter and finds peace of mind. Until one day there is a knock on the door… And Mik again is on the run. Continue reading “Interview with Martin Högdahl about ICE DRAGON”

Interview with Froukje Tan, director of MY ADVENTURES BY V. SWCHWRM

“A childlike ambition to make things happen”

Swchwrm-142Froukje Tan’s MY ADVENTURES BY V. SWCHWRM is different from any other children’s film you recently saw. Actually it is different from any other movie that you ever saw… An absurd, poetic tale about a boy and his biggest dream: writing a book that could change the world… if only he could come up with a striking opening sentence. Continue reading “Interview with Froukje Tan, director of MY ADVENTURES BY V. SWCHWRM”

Interview with Alice Brauner (CCC Filmkunst), producer for WUNDERKINDER

“In those days you needed talent”

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In 1941 in Poltava, Ukraine, 3 young and gifted violin players swear a lifelong allegiance to each other’s friendship and to music. One of them is a German girl living in Ukraine, the other two are Jewish. As prodigies their future seems bright and shiny, until war closes in and things take a dramatic turn. Their musical talents can secure them for a while, until they face the final challenge: playing the perfect virtuoso concerto. “Perfection separates the strong from the weak,” the Nazi officer says. Continue reading “Interview with Alice Brauner (CCC Filmkunst), producer for WUNDERKINDER”

Interview with Sannette Naeyé, director of Cinekid Amsterdam

“I’ve already stepped on many toes but I never got punched in the face yet”

NaeyeCinekid, the International Film, Television and New Media Festival for Young People in Amsterdam celebrates its 25th anniversary. Over the last years with open mouth the entire industry gazed at the continuous growth of a festival that eagerly embraced not only children’s film but also television and new media. This course was steered by festival director Sannette Naeyé. Until last August a sudden alarm bell threatened to put a permanent ending to Cinekid’s growth. The Dutch government decided to stop funding Cinekid and in that way deprives the festival of 50 % of its income and casts a dark shadow over this jubilee edition. There were plenty of questions for Sannette Naeyé.

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Film in the Focus: Anne Sewitsky’s TOTALLY TRUE LOVE

“Some children are popular, others just don’t bother”

SewitskyOne of the most eagerly awaited titles in this year’s Berlinale was TOTALLY TRUE LOVE by Anne Sewitsky (Norway). The story about first and / or true love strikes the eye for its original viewpoint and its drastic choices, and for a young director’s undeniable talent. Continue reading “Film in the Focus: Anne Sewitsky’s TOTALLY TRUE LOVE”